North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Hypersonic Missile Test Starts DPRK New Year with a Bang

The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Munitions Industry Department [MID] tested a hypersonic missile on the morning of 5 January (Wednesday).  According to DPRK state media, the “successive test successes in the sector of hypersonic […]

Jan, 06

DPRK Gets a New Police Boss

Colonel-General Ri Thae Sop (Ri T’ae-sop) was appointed Minister of Social Security (f.k.a., Minister of People’s Security; f.k.a., Minister of Public Security) during December 2021. His appointment was publicized on 1 January (Saturday) at the […]

Jan, 04

KJU Continues Tour of S. Hamgyo’ng

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) continued his visit to South Hamgyo’ng Province, stopping off in Sinp’o and Hongwo’n Country.  Also in attendance were Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff MAR Pak Jong […]

Oct, 15

PPJ Visits Storm Recovery Work in N. Hamgyo’ng

State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and Party Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) toured storm recovery work in North Hamgyo’ng Province, his home province.  He visited Ch’o’ngjin and Kim Ch’aek (So’ngjin) and Orang County […]

Oct, 09

KJU Visits Kimhwa County

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited Kimhwa County, Kangwo’n, to inspect typhoon reconstruction work.  Also in attendance was Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff Chief VMar Pak Jong Chon (Pak Cho’ng-chon), Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] […]

Oct, 02

KJU Zooms Preliminary CMC Meeting

A preparatory meeting held in advance of the 5th meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission occurred via teleconference on 23 June (Tuesday).  Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) presided over the meeting, […]

Jun, 23

CMC Meeting Held

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) chaired an expanded meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission [CMC] in Pyonyang on 23 May (Saturday).  The meeting occurred “at a stirring time when the entire […]

May, 23

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